CHUSD Speaks About Covid-19

From The Office of the Superintendent

Coalinga Huron Unified School District
657 Sunset Street, Coalinga, CA 93210

March 13, 2020

As a community, we are all facing unprecedented actions and constant changes around COVID-19 health concerns. This is a difficult situation that literally changes by the hour. That is why CHUSD, along with our neighboring school districts, remain vigilant in following guidance and direction from health experts both at the California Department of Public Health and the Fresno County Department of Public Health.

Our Governor has issued new guidance involving group gatherings of over 250 people, and any other gatherings should only occur if considered “essential.”

We are defining essential functions as anything that is essential to the operation of a school site, student learning and/or governance of our district. In his message, he reiterated that school is essential for students and his purpose in ordering social distancing is to help provide strategies to assist staff, students and communities to reduce potential risk of infection. We are especially concerned about those identified as a higher risk—the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions. While the health risk to the general public in California from COVID-19 continues to remain low, and especially here locally, we are following this newly released guidance.

Effective immediately, CHUSD is postponing all non-essential group gatherings through at least April 13, 2020 as we continue to evaluate. Those non-essential gatherings being postponed include but are not limited to:

 Athletic competitions and tournaments, but practices will continue as planned
 All field trips, including camps
 VAPA events, assemblies, open houses, dances and award ceremonies, etc.
 All professional learning
 ELAC, DELAC and other large parent and community gatherings
 Civic contracts, including all outside community organizations that utilize
district space

We are encouraging school site leadership to be creative in how to provide for the best social distancing practices for our students and staff. We will work to expand our use of remote communication tools so that parents and guardians can still be involved in school events. If all of us come together, we can prevent high levels of infection in our community.

Thank you for your patience as we do our best to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Board of Education

  • Lisa Culbertson, President
  • Ramon Zubiri, Vice President
  • Maria Zavala, Clerk
  • Francisco Chavez, Member
  • Roger Campbell, Member

Superintendent: Lori L. Villanueva (559) 935-7500 –

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